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Friday, May 4,2012

Corporate culture

by Pete Crow - Publisher
We’re just about to the point where we’re going to have full contact politics. This race for presidency is going to be interesting, to say the least. It really does get down to an ideology and voting for the man who possesses the same ideals you do. And the way I see it, it’s a simple choice who our next president should be.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Kay's korner

Demand needs grilling boost

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
How much Americans spend on beef and how much they buy is how the industry determines domestic beef demand. Because all wealth to the industry comes from consumers, demand trumps everything else. This will be especially important the next two months as supplies of market-ready cattle start to increase seasonally.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Beef talk

It's time to develop the lazy L for culling cows

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
In reality, producers should be preparing for less forage availability and implementing grazing strategies that will be in balance with what Mother Nature decides to provide this year. No one will know until summer’s end. However, by then, it is too late to be proactive.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Pushing the panic button

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Any time you see the futures markets trade limit down, on all contracts, inside of an hour, you know something went wrong, very wrong. It doesn’t happen all that much but did last Tuesday morning when traders got news that a cow was found in California with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and then the panic sell was on.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Beef Talk

I wish they were all like that one!

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The old saying of thinking outside of one’s box is very real. If we only stay within our own box or environment, we do not really expand our thinking. With no expansion of thought, we never will know what the world could be. We may not want to tackle such a big question.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Guest Opinion

Fear not the Ides of March

by WLJ
I’m not one who typically quotes Shakespearean literature but one thing I remember from high school is Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, where the soothsayer utters these ominous words to Caesar: “Beware the Ides of March.” Historically, there’s actually nothing ominous about the definition of Ides.

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Friday, April 20,2012

Comments

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The boxed beef cutout value had a nice rally last week, up about $7, and it brought fed cattle values up a little bit with it. Still, the weak aspect of the market is slaughter level. The industry needs to start processing cattle in the mid 600,000-head range and get this summer demand going.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Beef Talk

Drought and stocking rates are two key terms

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
This past year, depending on where an individual lives, has set records for warm, moistureless days. Last spring and summer, as those in the north country battled excess snow and spring rain, only the occasional southern drought article found itself on the list of things to read.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Mad markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The news of lean finely textured beef (LFTB) did have some influence on beef markets and the attitude of consumers. However, beef trade had been lackluster prior to that episode. Many market watchers have been waiting for grilling season to get underway, hoping that the seasonal trend would light up the beef markets.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Guest Opinion

Time has come to end the destructive death tax

by WLJ
Yesterday, I joined with 34 of my Senate colleagues to introduce the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act (S 2242). This legislation will permanently abolish the federal estate tax, better known by ranchers, farmers and family business owners across America as the “death tax.

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